A simple easy breathing exersice before starting to sing.
If you are singing or supporting others singing within an Aged Care Facility, here is a simple breathing exercise to warm up, stretch out and expand your lungs before singing up a storm. There are many benefits to this simple exercise.
As we aged our muscles start to decrease in strength and that includes all the muscles supporting our stability and support. The small muscles that support our lung movements, the intercostal muscles between our ribs, will also start to become more fiborous and stiff. We also, tend to slouch when we sit, and if you are using a frame to walk you may tend to lean forward, compressing your chest and lungs.
So starting off with a stretch and slow breathing exercise will open up your chest, get your balance right, and fill up your lungs ready for a sing song.
The exercise may seem simple but sometimes simple is the best.
- Sitting or standing, stretch out your arms in front of you. Wriggle your fingers.
- From that position raise your arms as high as you can over your head. Wriggle your fingers.
- Bring your arms down to your lap and rest.
- Sitting or standing, stretch out your arms in front of you.
- Breathing in slowly to the count of 3 while raising your hands over your head.
- Wriggle your fingers and hold your breath to the count of 3.
- Bring your arms down slowly to your lap, breathing out slowly to the count of 3.
- Repeat 2-3 times.
- Repeat and increase the breathing count to 4.
Warnings and tips
- Care needs to be taken as with an increase of Oxygen, some people may feel dizzy. Make sure people are well observed and supported.
- Slow movements are better. Wild arm movements may swing you off balance.
- Counting out load for people helps..
- Only increased the breathing hold to 4 if people feel comfortable doing so.
Master of Voice Tip
Imagine your throat is a wide open pipe. Image it open and straight and strong. It may help widen and support the muscles around the laryngx. You are attempting to breath quietly, or without a sound. not loudly. A raspy breathy voice means turbulance which may mean vocal contriction.
Let me know if this has been handy for you? If you have more suggestions, please let me know. It take more than one mind to make a community. db